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Machado de Assis

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Machado de Assis

Reflections on a Brazilian Master Writer

By Richard Graham

This book is designed not only to call new attention to this Brazilian master but also to raise questions about the nature of literature itself and current alternative views on how it can be approached.

1999

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6 x 9 | 150 pp.

ISBN: 978-0-292-72822-6

Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (1839-1908) never left Brazil and rarely traveled outside his native city of Rio de Janeiro, yet he is widely acknowledged by those who have read him as one of the major authors of the nineteenth century. His works are full of subtle irony, relentless psychological insights, and brilliant literary innovations. Yet, because he wrote in Portuguese, a language outside the mainstream of Western culture, those with access to his writings are relatively few.

This book is designed not only to call new attention to this master but also to raise questions about the nature of literature itself and current alternative views on how it can be approached. Four essays address the question of Machado's "realism" in the five masterpiece novels of his maturity, especially Dom Casmurro. The noted contributors include John Gledson (University of Liverpool), João Adolfo Hansen (Universidade de São Paulo), Sidney Chalhoub (Universidade de Campinas), and Daphne Patai (University of Massachusetts at Amherst).

Dain Borges of the University of California at San Diego says, "[This is the] only collection explicitly debating the question that polarizes contemporary Brazilian criticism of Machado de Assis: was he a sophisticated late realist, or was he a pioneering anti-realist, even a postmodernist? The [essayists] marshal their evidence and argument with virtuosity and arrive at sharply opposing conclusions."

Introduction

1. Dom Casmurro: Realism and Intentionalism Revisited (John Gledson)

2. Dom Casmurro: Simulacrum and Allegory (João Adolfo Hansen)

3. Dependents Play Chess: Political Dialogues in Machado de Assis (Sidney Chalhoub)

4. Machado in English (Daphne Patai)

References

Index

Richard Graham is Frances Higginbothom Nalle Professor in History at the University of Texas at Austin.

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